In a fierce attack, eight Assam Rifles personnel and a Naga Territorial Army soldier were killed in an IED ambush by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang faction) at a remote place in Nagaland. Six other soldiers were injured and another four reported missing in the ambush.
According to sources, two vehicles, one carrying AR personnel and another water tanker had gone to a nearby place which is around four kms from the camp to fetch water. The militants group at Changlang Su area first triggered a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) at a vehicle and started firing upon.
“Eight Assam Rifles troopers were killed and six others injured in the attack. Four troopers are reported missing,” Nagaland Police chief LL Doungel told IANS.
Countering the situation, Assam Rifles personnel also fired back and one militant was reportedly killed while some others were injured.
“Our forces retaliated but eight of our jawans were killed on the spot while four others have suffered injuries. They have been taken to a hospital and an operation has been launched in and around the area,” Doungel added.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) aka NSCN (K) is a militant outfit active in the eastern parts of Nagaland as well as in the Tirap and Changlang districts of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. The primary objective of the NSCN-K is the establishment of a ‘greater Nagaland’ comprising of the Naga dominated areas of the neighbouring States within India, and contiguous areas in Myanmar.